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Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)

The decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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David Lowell Rich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Lieutenant Jacob 'Jake' Beser
Kim Darby ... Lucy Tibbets
Patrick Duffy ... Colonel Paul Tibbets
Gary Frank ... Major Tom Ferebee
Gregory Harrison ... Captain Bob Lewis
Stephen Macht ... Major Wiiliam 'Bud' Uanna
Walter Olkewicz ... Sergeant Shug Crawford
Robert Pine ... Captain William 'Deke' Parsons
James Shigeta ... Field Marshall Abehata
Robert Walden ... J. Robert Oppenheimer
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Alexander Sachs
Richard Herd ... General Groves
Henry Wilcoxon ... Secretary of War Stimson
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Michael Tucci ... Captain Claude Eatherly
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The decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enola Gay See more »

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Viacom Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Just prior to Christmas 1944, Tibbets attends a meeting at the White House with President Roosevelt and several high ranking military and civilian figures in which the casualties sustained by American troops during the battle for Naha on Okinawa are mentioned. The Battle of Okinawa did not start until April 1, 1945 and the city of Naha was not captured until some time after Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Paul Tibbets: Improperly commandeered an airplane...
Captain Bob Lewis: I was on official business.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Lost in the middle of a snowstorm...
Captain Bob Lewis: Do you expect me to control the weather?
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Didn't occur to you to use instruments...
Captain Bob Lewis: My compass was out, SIR.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Set down in the middle of a corn field...
Captain Bob Lewis: It was on the approach to the airport.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: So why didn't you use the airport?
Captain Bob Lewis: Because I was out of gas! It was one gorgeous piece of flying.
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Well done historical drama
25 May 2001 | by rps-2See all my reviews

I suspect some of the subplots in this historical film are total fiction. But they're harmless enough and add to what could have been as dull and dry as Los Alamos itself. There is a good bit of humour injected into what is a serious and tragic story but it fits well. The integration of newsreel footage and the dissolves from black and white to colour are particularly effective. Surprisingly there is no mention of the subsequent Nagasaki bombing or the tragedy of the USS Indianapolis which played a vital role in transporting the bomb to Tinian and was torpedoed on her return journey. (Thats a movie in itself.) The film is not a history lesson. It is a darned good war movie.


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